Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
– Otto von Bismarck, 1815 – 1898
However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
– Douglas MacArthur, 1880 – 1964
Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
– Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784
The front-line soldier wants it to be got over by the physical process of his destroying enough Germans to end it. He is truly at war. The rest of us, no matter how hard we work, are not.
– Ernie Pyle, 1900 – 1945
God has given such brave soldiers to this Crown that, if they do not frighten our neighbours, at least they prevent us from being frightened by them.
– Elizabeth I, 1533 – 1603
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
– George Santayana, 1863 – 1952